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Microsoft HoloLens to arrive in Japan by December 2016

First Posted: Dec 01, 2016 02:47 PM EST
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On Tuesday, Microsoft Corporation announced that its HoloLens will be available for pre-order in Japan starting December 2. It will be available from the Microsoft Store in Japan, and shipping will begin in early 2017.

Microsoft HoloLens is the world's first self-contained holographic computing that runs on Windows 10. It was first announced in January 2015 and has been shipped to developers and commercial partners in both US and Canada on March 31 this year.

PR Newswire reported that the announcement was made six weeks after Microsoft HoloLens Dev Edition and Microsoft HoloLens Commercial Suite expanded globally. It is now available in Canada, Australia, France, Ireland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, UK and US. .

Alex Kipman, technical staff of Microsoft Windows and Devices Group, said, "Our Mission at Microsoft is to bring a mixed reality to every person and organization on the planet". Mr. Kipman went on, "We continue to be inspired by the work developers and customers are doing with HoloLens across the globe."

Kipman also added that people in Microsoft have been hard at work since January 2015 to bring the vision of mixed reality to life. They can't wait to see what everyone in Japan creates when they get their hands on HoloLens, as reported by Kit Guru.

Microsoft HoloLens is part of a handful of products that include Magic's Leap Headset. These headset offers a very different take on virtual works than VR headsets do, as they have good visual details with unique components added in them. 

There are many companies that are using HoloLens, and it is used by Japan Airlines in Japan right now. The market revenue in 2016 for the augmented reality and virtual reality market is USD 5.2 billion, which can reach up to more than a whopping USD 162 billion in 2020.  

In 2017, Windows 10 will be updated to include Windows Holographic which is a platform that powers the mixed-reality experiences to give a virtual feel to the world. 

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